Nation Pays Tribute To Pingali Venkayya, Designer Of The Indian Tricolour

| August 2 , 2018 , 11:43 IST

The tricolour Indian national flag is a matter of pride for every Indian, and on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the designer of the flag, Pingali Venkayya on Thursday, people from across the nation took the opportunity to pay tribute to him.

A freedom fighter, Pingali Venkayya was born on August 2, 1876 and joined the British Indian Army at the age of 19. During the Anglo-Boer war in Africa Venkayya met Mahatma Gandhi and formed a bond which lasted for 50 years.

In 1921, Mahatma Gandhi recognised the need for a national flag and asked Venkayya to design one. Venkayya came up with a saffron and green flag to which Mahatma Gandhi added a white stripe and Arya Samaj movement founder Lala Hansraj added the Dharm Chakra (wheel of law) to form the tricolour we are all familiar with.

The flag was officially adopted by the Indian National Congress in 1931. Although the national flag was finalised before India's Independence from British rule, till 2004 Indians were allowed to fly the flag only on specified days. Following a legal petition filed by industrialist Naveen Jindal in 1995, the Supreme Court on January 23, 2004, said that prima facie they did not see any reason why Indian citizens cannot display the national glad as an expression of their patriotism.